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I’ve had great expectations from the Spice Bazaar and I was a little dissapointed. It is interesting and for sure you will go home with some tasteful ingredients. But that’s all. It is not such an amazing experience.
I love the Spice Bazaar more than the Grand Bazaar. It is beautiful inside and nicely renovated with vibrant colors especially when you look up to the ceilings. It is much smaller than the Grand Bazaar and has nicer shops. The spices, nuts, snacks on...More
The grand bazaar of istanbul has different bazaars within it, if you're from middle east the bazaar may not interest you as much because it has almost the same culture, but the spice bazaar in one of the passageways of the grand bazaar and very...More
If you wish to find authentic Turkish spices, this is the place to come. There are a number of spice vendor stalls, some offering a different variety than the others. Other shops carrying a variety of souvenirs, jewelry, etc. also greet the intrepid traveller.
I loved this place from the smiling faces, to all the scents from the bazaar . wish i had more time in istanbul to be able to spend more time there but would highly recommend coming here. Staff were very accommodating and ever offered Turkish...More
If you like to cook you can find here the most interesting seasonings and sweets also olive oil and teas. I bought pomegranate and detox tea and won from toast something that is said to be afro-psoric. In a conservative society it struck me as...More
Old and crowded place to visit
You can see many many shops
Mostly selling sweets and spices
Very crowded but very nice to see the daily life of Turkish people
Prices not cheap
S bargaining is recommended
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside
the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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I'd shop around, the Grand Bazaar is lovely but expensive compared to other shops and the stall holders are very pushy, you don't seem to get that as much in the other shops and markets. There are some great bargains to be... More
I'd shop around, the Grand Bazaar is lovely but expensive compared to other shops and the stall holders are very pushy, you don't seem to get that as much in the other shops and markets. There are some great bargains to be had in Turkey but not necessarily in the Grand Bazaar.